Looking at my blog from time to time fills me with geek shame. Of years past if we didn’t post for 2 weeks the next on the list began with an apology fully explaining absence with evidence and justification. Nowadays, it’s so different. I don’t blog for the lack of news. If anything, I (and fellow geeks) have been busier than ever (more on that in a bit). One hundred years ago authors complained about the disappearance of long form letters and articles. They would have wept looking at blog posts from the early noughties. They would have positively barfed at twitter, facebook and “10 things… shite on buzzfeed now adopted by all major media sources. Yes, TIME I am looking directly at you. I post there because it is quick and convenient, and people that may have an interest may see what I say. Blogs are a resource though. Social media outlets are sentiment/statistical monitors. Not, in my opinion a resource, or at least a resource easy to search. Try to find anything on Twitter, Facebook, Chatter, Connections or Linkedin. Go on. I will wait.
See? Ok, point made.
I used to link to good tech notes, as opposed to explaining the problem and solution better, granting Google the information it needs to easily help someone else. Now its a “this is handy http://tinyurl…..). Alas…
Work is mental. I have not been this busy in years. Wearing different hats (Domino, Salesforce, Connections) has been very good to us in Bluewave. Aside from that on many occasions I have just been asked to advise on technology as a whole, without products front and centre (Security, mobility, cloud). Interesting stuff. Additionally, I have been working with Christian and Gab on the Show and Tell Track for Connect14, although I sadly suspect it will be my last time. I have been luckily enough to also be selected for a session on the Best Practice track too. No, not adminblast, but something different. Hopefully fun.
Defending the Perimeter. Protecting your Web Servers – Paul Mooney, Bluewave Technology
In order to defend, you need to know how people attack. In this session, Paul Mooney takes you through his lessons learned from the techniques of internal or external disrupters and hackers, their processes and goals when it comes to your web and smtp servers. Introduce yourself to the methodologies and tools used in this world and how to protect your service and data
For anyone that has read my site, you will know I ran ethical hacking sessions over the past year. Add one and one and you will get a 60 minute version of this session that will show you what bad people do, and some of how they do it. I promise it will be fun. I’m looking forward to presenting it and discussing the pros and cons at the bar afterwards.
Speaking of ethical hacking, I presented at DNUG last week in Frankfurt (thanks to Wee4IT) the day-long version of this session, and it seem’ed to go well. Also managed to bump into Volker Weber, an excellent surprise. I had also presented at the wonderful Admincamp a few months back. Next week I travel to DANNOTES with Tony Holder. I shall present Adminblast but return for as much a personal reason as business with Tony Holder, representing better people than us to pay respects to an even better person. See you all at the bar.
Salesforce is going well, and the value of years in collaboration along with a growing technology is fascinating. Meeting “new” customers is brilliant. That said the IBM Collaboration work is out the frigging door! Always amazed me with the Domino server. ”It’s dead…. no THIS time it’s dead. Nobody uses it anymore… Everyone has an exit strategy”.
Try replacing it in a business. See what happens. If you are lucky and kept your smart staff, you have a chance (Duffbert is prime example of this). Usually this is not the case and we get called to pick up the pieces.
Travel on the whole has been manic, and I amazingly now have status on an airline. It is mostly attributed by actual amount of flights, as opposed to getting the expensive seats. The way a few things are going at the moment, travel may pick up in a big way over the coming months. What else?
GSX have monitoring support for Traveler HA. A very nice addition. Go take a look. Traveler 9 is very good. Notes and iNotes9 is good.
Gab, Abb and I are trying to push mobug. We still love the idea, but quite a bit of apathy in the area, which is not what I was expecting. I need to focus on it more.
Connections 4.5 is an improvement as expected, but at the back end still needs work to make it easier to manage. Gab and I are busy with some new ideas in this area.
I have a Pebble watch. I like it. I don’t love it, but I love the fact it is the start of something. All watches will become smart to different levels in future.
I get out on the bike when I can. But this time of year it is hard. There are plans afoot for a big trip next year, and hands will be expected to be put in pockets… Well, with that I best get back to work. Servers restarted, vpn reconnected… back at it. See you again, sooner next time I hope.
I am currently moving to Proof of Concept on a customer that wants BES10 service for new devices.
One customer. That’s it. I remember the days of doing 2 BES installations a week (from 2.2 to 4.x) many years ago. Lots of MDM/Traveler installations nowdays. Gartner’s recent recommendation to find an exit strategy for Blackberry Enterprise houses has not helped the abandonment. As opposed to media suggestions I wanted to ask consultants and specialists and try to get an idea on takeup. What are your plans for BES on your (or your customer’s) site.
I first met Bruce’s hair in 2006, when he, his carrier and his wife started to talk to me at Lotusphere. He knew me from some posts I did on Microsoft application analysis and wanted to talk about business and life in general. From there on, Bruce’s hair helped me with session ideas, podcasts, dealing with storm’s in teacups and rallying the troops when needed. Bruce’s hair, or his carrier never spoke code to me, as I don’t speak that lingo, but always spoke community, technology and strategy. In a smart way. Not a smug way – just a nice smart “how can everyone benefit and share the love way”. I loved that.
In 2008 the hair came to Ireland (on it’s own coin) just to present at ILUG for me, which I will always be grateful for. The hair presented on how it got stronger and better as people used Openntf. And in the background the provisioning of Openntf had significant play in extending the life of the Domino platform. The hair gave a professional podacast for many years with Julian Robichaux – I was asked to be on that a few times and muddled through, attempting to sound half as professional as these guys.
The hair worked in the murky depths of the community as much as the spotlight, organising, planning and settling disputes most people will never hear of. He managed to keep a dysfunctional family moving. Once a year, he would instruct his carrier to sing Happy Birthday to me as loud as humanly possible over skype, always making me smile and regret that ever year I forget to record it.
The hair has managed to score a pretty outstanding wife. Gayle is as much a part of this weird family as any of us. She sits with geeks and does not fall asleep. Amazing!
The hair has managed to run multiple businesses and jobs simultaneously, while keeping an upbeat attitude and always caring about everyone else. He instructed his carrier to give outstanding sessions, and infuse enthusiasm in everyone in an instant. It was only natural that a teaching position would follow and it is great to see him succeed.
After many years of steady decline, the hair has left us. His carrier still shines as much as ever though and we will always be grateful to him!
That time of year has come again. IBM have opened the doors for submissions on the expanded Lotusphere+everything else event for speakers to submit abstracts to present.
This is a year of ‘new’ and of ‘more.’ The new expanded focus for Connect 2014 is all about “Energizing Life’s Work,” empowering IBM clients and their employees to drive real business results. Whether it’s the Lotusphere Technical Program, the Smarter Workforce track (Kenexa World Conference), or the newly-expanded Smarter Commerce track, Connect 2014 provides the insight to help IT, HR, Marketing, and business leaders from around the world transform how they work.
The tracks you knew and loved are still there, along with some new themes. This year, I am again reprising my role with Gab Davis assisting the Show and Tell Track on session select and review. SNT is still the track “I want to go to” every year. Traditionally it is one of the highest rated and most challenging.
The Show ‘n Tell track brings you the best in live technical education. SNT sessions explain in comprehensive detail a specific technology with detailed instructions, picture screenshots and live demonstrations that show how it can be used and applied for your environment. With 90 minutes per session you can share your expertise with an audience who has come to learn
something new. This year we are interested in technical content on any of the IBM Collaboration Solutions products demonstrating how people can get the best out of them, as well as how combining IBM technology can deliver an integrated Social Experience. Whether you’re an administrator or a developer consider only that our attendees are working with complex technologies and demanding new ideas, at IBM Connect we want to give them content they can’t get anywhere else.
Get your thinking caps on and submit.
Whilst planning a bike ride on the new Google maps, I noticed you can’t multiple destinations. It’s a feature they haven’t implemented yet. After scratching my head, I figured out how to get back to “classic” maps.
Go to help and feedback
Click return to classic google maps.